Pass around a ball of yarn and instruct each person to cut off a piece of
yarn-any length and do not say what it is for. Then tell everyone that they
must go around the room and mingle, while they are talking they should wrap
the yarn around their finger, and when it is all wrapped up, they are to
move on to the next person.
way this particular game works is that the hostesses of the party put
several items on a tray and cover it with a towel or blanket. Separate
the guests into groups. Show the contents of the tray to one group at
a time. Each group only gets 30 seconds to try and remember as many of
the items on the tray as possible. Then THEY must write a poem about the
bride and groom using the names of the items on the tray. The group that
uses the most items wins.
the poem can go something like... When Alice met Bill, she was thrilled
to learn he had 100 Grand. She was so happy she yelled YooHoo and went
shopping on Park Avenue. - The poems turn out hysterically funny. Have
each member of the group sign the poem and put the finished poems in a
memory book for the bride.
if what you are looking for is one that is read with intent that it is
read aloud by the bride to be as the items are presented to her by the
hostess and the letter signed by the groom-to-be:
dearest SUGAR BABY, I PROMISE this bouquet will bring a SNICKER as you
read my message. I am not playing TWIX on you. You are my BIT-O-HONEY
and I can always count on you in a CRUNCH. I know that I make you NUTRAGEOUS
at times, but I will always TREASURE you. You are my HOT TOMALE and at
other times a BIG RED and on our honeymoon I know we will SKOR. Knowing
that we will have a GOOD & PLENTY life together is like 100 GRAND
on PAYDAY! I love you to PIECES and wish for us a musical SYMPHONY on
our wedding day!
& KISSES, NOW& LATER...
to be signs here)
poem can be altered to suit your candy needs.
Using a deep basket decorated in the wedding colors
ask everyone to bring an additional item for the bride to put in the "Well".
It should be something small like a hand held can opener, note pads, pens,
garlic press, staple remover, etc.. Also have everyone write a little
note with a warm wish or greeting to the bride AND the groom.
custom made t-shirts for the entire Bridal Party to wear on rehearsal
Bridesmaids/groomsmen create that last "single night"
t-shirt that will be a memory forever.
These are always difficult for the bride to get
out simply because she is usually pressed for time doing so many other
things. One way to have each person help out is to buy some thank you
cards in advance and as the guests arrive, hand them a blank envelope
and ask them to fill out their information. Then when it comes time for
the bride to address these, it is already done and there is less chance
for address errors.
ADDITION from BLVCC@aol.com
Purchase the thank you notes, and had each guest put their name and
address on the envelopes. Then they were put into a pretty basket and
I drew 15 envelopes and the guest that were drawn got the centerpieces,
and other gifts that were wrapped. Basic gifts like Mugs, cosmetic bags,
bath oils, note pads. My guests really liked having the chance to get
a special gift.
Give each guest a handful of pennies. (yes, they
will have to return them at the end!) Each person takes a turn naming
something that they have never done. If another guest has done it, that
guest has to put a penny in the Hat, jar or whatever. It's fun because
sometimes guests that didn't know each other find that they have something
in common.-------Kinda boring, but it breaks the ice and help's to learn
something about each guest. Perhaps even something that the bride to be
didn't know about her friend!
Have two people writing down everything that the
"bride-to-be" is saying while she opens her gifts. After she
is done, that person says "Okay, this is what (the bride-to-be) -name-
will say on her wedding night" then proceed to read what she had
said. --- This great idea was sent in to me by:Shelly Clendenin
One idea is to have an enlarged photo of the groom
on the wall, and each guest would take turns being blindfolded. The blindfold
would have a small cut-out pair of lips with a tack or tape. Spin them
around and 'Stick the lips on the groom"
Have the bride wear an apron and walk through the
crowd. Pin about 30 different and unusual things on the apron. The group
is instructed to pay close attention to the bride walking through the
room. Once she is out of the room we ask a group of questions. The twist
here is that you ask questions about the bride, not the items pinned to
her apron, ie.. what color are her eyes, shoes, was her hair up or down.
It works out pretty good because most people are caught off guard.
On their invitations they asked us to bring a gift
(natch) and some "words of wisdom" in a poem, song or saying.
One woman sang her Irish ditty on marriage; another read out two romantic
poems; some women brought "wise words my mother told me"; one
woman played a lovely sentimental song; and others brought sayings they
liked. (My offering to the bride-to-be was "Give a man a fish and
he'll be fed for a day, but TEACH a man to fish and you can send him away
for a whole weekend!") Just before present opening we were each asked
to give our "words of wisdom" and the total result was funny,
clever and inspirational. I think the trick was that the request was made
on the invitation so we had time to prepare our words (submitted by
Guest books don't have to be just for the reception.
Get one and have everyone sign it and write a quick little wish for the
ALTERNATIVE: When having your invitations printed, have
another post card size sheet printed with "How I met "Bride"
and "Groom". Plus leave room for the guests Name, addresses
and Phone number. It makes returning thank you notes much easier and it's
fun to see how each person is connected to the
newlyweds. (Allison Stanton, Wahiawa, Hawaii)
Get everyone to sign a table cloth (ahead of time
if you can) then have all the names embroidered over in the colors of
the wedding. Or buy one and have everyone sign their best wishes on a
pretty table cloth.
I wanted to share an idea that worked well for me...In
many cities now there are paint your own pottery stores. Recently I hosted
a bridal shower for a close friend in such a store. The shower was a great
success. Each guest painted a piece for the bride, whether it was a mug,
a platter, or a vase. The bride told everyone what her colors were at
the beginning so they could match them, if they decided too. It was a
fun activity for bridesmaids as well as the grandmothers of the bride
and groom. (Even flower-girls could be invited and enjoy themselves.)
While the bride may not display all the items, she definitely ended up
with some fun memories. We had lunch (which I provided, not the pottery
store) before we painted and also all brought a regular gift from her
registry. (submitted by Robyn Willson Austin, TX)
When the bride opens her gifts, someone collects
all of the bows and ribbons from the packages and attaches them to the
back of a paper plate (use the theme plate if you can) and make it into
either a bouquet or a hat.
Names and addresses of the giver can get lost during
this time. Have each guest write their names and addresses and a phone
number on the back of an index card. Then on the back of the card have
them write a wedding wish. This way when it comes time to send the thank
you notes, the bride and groom spend less time tracking down all this
Learning about the other guests can be a little
uncomfortable too. So in order to break-the-ice one thing you can do is
to have everyone fill out a card that has some "getting to know you
questions" ...things like: How do you know the Bride? Related? Do
you have any advice for a solid marriage? What is the one thing that you
want to be remembered as / by / for?... and have a list of about 8-10
questions. Then have everyone read out the responses and Give prizes for
save it for Halloween?
As an alternative to the "formalities"
of a wedding shower, forget the traditional "Dress-up" that
everyone tends to get into. Instead, have all party guests wear a wedding
dress from a previous wedding - or formal dance (i.e. .. prom ..ball...etc..)(or
they can bring it to put on later) Then have all the guests vote on the
Wackiest, Most original, most out of date, or whatever you decide. VARIATION:
3 people need to be excluded from this since they will get to be the judges,
form several teams (a team should have 3-4 people, or more if you have
a lot of guests) to MAKE wedding dresses using only these things: butcher
block paper, scissors, tape, glue, colored tissue paper, ribbons and sequins.
The dress needs to be wearable because when done, there is a fashion show.
The group that wins is chosen by the 3 judges.
When the gifts are opened it is customary to write
down each gift and who the sender is. Normally only one person does this.
This time have 2 people do this. Each person would be responsible to mark
down the item as well as the sender. Sometimes in the excitement of what
the gift is, you loose track of what the item was or who is was from.
If 2 people write things down, you can compare them later. Sometimes the
description of the item is different then the other persons perception
of it. One person should write the gift on the back of the card and the
other on a separate piece of paper.
Have a tray with a bunch of assorted items on it,
such as scissors, spatula, spoon, knife, fork, etc. (This assortment is
good for a kitchen shower.) You can also have all sorts of things on the
tray, such as a paper clip, a mirror, lipstick, hand towel, rosary bead,
stapler, etc. It can be as generic as you want it to be, or you can tie
it into a theme for the shower. The tray is filled with various items.
The host sets the tray in front of the guests for about 30 seconds or
a minute and then removes the tray and its contents. Then the guests have
to write down all the items that they remember from seeing on the tray.
The person with the most items on their list wins a prize.
Blindfold one player at a time, sit them down with
an empty bowl and a very large bowl of cotton balls. Give them a large
plastic serving spoon and ask them to feed the baby... Or feed your husband.
The goal is to be the one who transfers the most cotton balls to the other
bowl. Because they are so light you can't tell if you have any in your
spoon and they are easily spilled out of the bowl and spoon. Give everyone
15 to 30 seconds to get as many as possible. Do a trial run before hand
to get an idea how easily the spoon picks up... You may want to use a
smaller spoon if it is too easy or give more or less time. You probably
don't want to count individual cotton balls, so if you have a close draw,
then have a spoon off.
My aunt told everyone to place one shoe in the center
of the room in a large pile. Then she handed everyone their own "secret
number" that no one was allowed to share with anyone else. She then
told everyone to retrieve their shoe when you heard your secret number
called. When she called the first number, everyone dashed out to the center
of the room to grab their shoe. It turns out she gave everyone the same
number. It was a scream and something that I'll never forget. (submitted
by reader Monique)
purchase a large wooden cutting board, and have
each guest sign it, have someone use a sodering iron to woodburn the names
and wedding date, after its all signed, varnish it and it will keep forever
(note: this cutting board should be for decoration purposes only) (BLVCC@aol.com)
It can be done at the bachlorette or shower depending on the type
of guests you invite. What I did was I sent invites out for the bachlorette
party-at the bottom I typed: You said you'd never wear that God awful
bridesmaid dress again, here's your chance. Wear an old dress to the party...shhhhh
dont tell the bride. If you havent the misfortune of wearing a bad dress...or
have recently rid yourself of them, utilize your local thrift shop. There
will be prizes for ugliest, brightest, oldest...etc. It was a riot. And
dont leave the bride out make sure she has retro wear too. When you hit
the bars and clubs its to die for....hoards of women in bad dresses! Its
worth tons of laughs!
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